I don’t write about i.MX6 solutions much anymore, since there are so many options available on the market, but Pistachio SBC has been designed by a company I had never heard of before: NutsBoard, and they’ve released documentation and software publicly, which does not always happen in the industrial/embedded space.
Pistachio single board computer specifications:
- SoC – NXP ARM Cortex-A9 IMX6 Quad/Dual @ 800MHz
- System Memory – Up to 2GB LPDDR3
- Storage – 4GB eMMC flash, 1x SATA interface, 1x micro SD card slot
- Display I/F / Video Output
- 2x LVDS (6 or 8 bit)
- 1x 24-bit VGA output
- 1x HDMI port up to 1920×1080 (FHD)
- 1x I2C AR1021 touch controller
- Audio – SGTL5000 audio codec with class D amplifier; 1x audio header for speaker and microphone
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (Qualcomm AR8035), industrial grade wireless module (Jorjin WG7833) with dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2
- USB – 4x USB 2.0 host interfaces with two USB type A ports, and two internal headers
- Serial – 1x RS232/422/485 DB9 port, 3x RS232 headers including one for debugging
- Other I/Os
- 1x CAN bus
- 1x I2C, 1x GPIO’s (5 V)
- 1x PWM
- Expansion – 1x mPCIE, 1x SIM card slot
- Misc – RTC with batter slot (no battery by default)
- Power Supply – 9 to 36V DC input; PMIC NXP PFUZE100
- Dimensions – 148 x 102mm (3.5″ embedded SBC form factor)
- Temperature Range – -30 to 70°C
- Certifications – CE, FCC, RoHS, EMI, ESD and Surge for pre-testing
The company provides Linux 4.1.15, and support for Debian, Buildroot, Yocto Project, and Android 7.1 Nougat. You’ll find source code on pistachio-android-7 github account, software development tools and Android 7.1 firmware for HDMI/VGA or LCD panel in the download page, and documentation such as product brief, hardware manual, and getting started guide in the product page.
The board will officially launch tomorrow (Friday), with the quad core version selling for $164, and the dual core version for $153 for quantities less than 100 pieces, and Pistachio development toolkits with 7″ (1024×600) LVDS touchscreen display or 10″ (1024×600) LVDS touchscreen display for respectively $284 and $291. The company will accept orders by email for samples or larger quantities first, before listing the boards and kits in their online shop by the end of the month.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.